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A STAR­BUCKS shop in Ban­gor would bring lit­tle ben­e­fit to the city and cause fur­ther prob­lems at a “chaotic” junc­tion, say pro­test­ers who gath­ered to­day to op­pose the de­vel­op­ment.

Ar­fon MP Hy­wel Wil­liams, lo­cal cafe own­ers and mem­bers of Ban­gor Civic So­ci­ety were among the 40 peo­ple who demon­strated in the rain (pic­tured) against the pro­posed cof­fee shop at the junc­tion of Dein­iol Road and Sackville Road.

Jo Pott, of Kyf­fin Cafe and Deli, and Les­ley Wills, of Fol­low Your Bliss, which are both on the high street, said a new cafe is not needed in the city.

Ian Stur­rock, an or­chardist who has worked to save the Bard­sey Ap­ple, was also at the demon­stra­tion to stress the im­por­tance of the black poplar trees on the site.

Gwynedd coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing a re­vised scheme af­ter the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion was with­drawn in the face of op­po­si­tion in Jan­uary 2016.

Mr Wil­liams said build­ing the new Star­bucks would “surely make things worse” at the junc­tion, and that Ban­gor al­ready has two high street cof­fee chains and sev­eral in­de­pen­dent cof­fee shops.

He added that the “sig­nif­i­cant green space” at the site would be bet­ter used as an amenity for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

Steve Collings, the Plaid Cymru coun­cil­lor who rep­re­sents Dein­iol ward in Ban­gor city cen­tre, said: “There has to be a very good rea­son to de­stroy one of the few re­main­ing green spa­ces on the val­ley floor, es­pe­cially one that con­tains pro­tected trees.

“Al­low­ing a multi­na­tional to build a cof­fee shop which will com­pete with ex­ist­ing lo­cal and fam­ily-run busi­nesses does not qual­ify as a good rea­son in my opin­ion.”

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